Hairy Cell Leukemia

Hairy cell leukemia is a cancer of a type of white blood cell that originates in the bone marrow, the soft spongy tissue located in the center of bones throughout the body. It is a rare, slow-growing cancer that affects white blood cells called B lymphocytes. Healthy B lymphocytes make antibodiesā€”proteins that fight infection in the body.

In people with hairy cell leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal B lymphocytes. These cells have tiny hairlike projections, giving the cancer its name.

Treatment for Hairy Cell Leukemia

We provide ongoing, compassionate care and monitoring for people with hairy cell leukemia. Our specialists use sophisticated tests to diagnose this chronic disease and create a personalized treatment plan to manage it. Treatment for hairy cell leukemia may include surgery as well as medication. Our team of oncologists, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, and social workers can help enhance your wellbeing throughout treatment and recovery.